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Moline Man Battling Kidney Failure To Get Kidney From Girlfriend

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A local man battling kidney failure is in need of a new kidney and the donor who is the perfect match is someone he never expected.  

"My left kidney functions are zero percent.  In October, it was diagnosed that my right kidney, only functioned at thirty percent," said Ruben Rangel.  

Ruben Rangel was diagnosed with kidney failure four years ago.  His condition is hereditary, but he says the treatment turns his world upside down.

"My mother has kidney problems, kidney failure also. She's going on 15 years on dialysis," said Rangel. "Lot of stress. I do dialysis for nine hours every night. I hook up by 6:30 until 3:30 in the morning. In October, the doctor told my family and myself that I had like three months left for my kidneys to function."

Rangel was put on a kidney transplant list in Iowa City and that's something doctors said would take a few years.

"At least a two to five year wait at the minimum," Rangel said. "I had to do this in order to keep living."

"I had heard of people being tested to donate kidneys," said Michelle Miller, Ruben's girlfriend.   

The couple has only been dating for a few months, but when Miller found out he needed a kidney, she says her first thoughts were to see if their blood type matched.

"I know I can live a healthy and happy with only one," Miller said.  

"It was her idea. I didn't push nobody. If it happened, it happened and she went and got tested herself," said Rangel.  

The results came back with Michelle's blood type matching Ruben's.  Both say this really make them the perfect match, but also  it's something that expedited Ruben's kidney wait.

"I definitely think it will be a stronger bond between the two of us," said Miller.

"I can never repay her. Only with my love...that's the only way," said Rangel.  

The couple will have their kidney surgeries on Thursday. The recovery time, which they'll no doubt do together, is expected to be two months.

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